Wednesday, December 04, 2013

My Thanksgiving List: Why I Love God’s People

Php 1:3 I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, 4 always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, 5 because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.
God has surrounded Tanya and me with some very special people in His church family. In every congregation we have served, there have been individuals and couples who knew just how to minister to a minister … and his wife. Local ministry can be very lonely, and the challenges can be daunting. The devil is relentless. But again and again the Lord has provided just the people we needed to keep going strong.
We are thankful for people who trust us. They let us be part of their lives. They hand us their new babies to hold. They share their triumphs. They confide in us their struggles with marriage, children, health, employment, and faith. They make themselves open and vulnerable to us. They make us feel needed, appreciated, and loved.
We are thankful for people who understand us. They know that, in addition to being a preacher and his wife, we are a husband and wife, a father and a mother. We share the same concerns about our children that all parents do. We also have bills to pay and doctors’ appointments to keep. We sometimes drop the ball or fail to show up, but we mean well. These friends recognize our limitations and do not have us on a perfect pedestal. They know that we need friends, and they invite us to spend time and do things together. They cut us slack and give us the benefit of the doubt.
We are thankful for people who partner with us in ministry. What a joy it is to have elders, deacons, fellow ministers and administrative assistants offer sincere respect, solid support, and clear communication. They have our back and take up for us. They listen when we speak and offer faithful, constructive help. They share with us a strong work ethic and a passionate desire to serve the Lord. We never feel alone.
We owe so much to so many. And we owe it all to the Lord.
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Cory Collins

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